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Australia's international education sector continues to develop

Monday, July 6 2015

In what is already a $17B plus industry, the latest international student data shows further positive trends.

There were some 168,023 commencements in YTD April 2015, representing a 9.1% increase over the same period last year.

The higher education sector had the largest share of enrolments at 50.0%. Enrolments and commencements increased by 9.4% and 7.8% over 2014. China and India accounted for 35.4% and 11.7% respectively of enrolments.

The VET sector accounted for 23.9% of total enrolments and 26.8% of total commencements respectively. Enrolments in the sector increased by 15.4% and commencements grew by 13.3% on YTD April 2014 figures. India had the largest share of total enrolments (17.7%), followed by China and the Republic of Korea.

The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector accounted for 17.2% of total enrolments and 24.2% of total commencements in YTD April 2015. Enrolments and commencement increased by 9.2% and 6.3% respectively on the same period in 2014. China accounted for the largest cohort followed by Brazil, Thailand and Colombia.

Well done!

It is pleasing to see that in an area where students overwhelmingly select private providers, colleges are continuing to offer quality programs and support.

We certainly must remember history and ensure all of our on and off shore endeavours are built on the platform of quality and integrity.

On that front, it is pleasing that the vocational education and training sector has made progress in introducing a range of quality measures to better assure outcomes. Enhanced regulation, improved funding design and clearer requirements and ACPET’s own Code of Ethics are all helping. Of course there is still more work to be done.

I did find it ironic to watch the end of tax year commercials encouraging small businesses to spend their $20,000 NOW. Well it sounds like an inducement to me. Not illegal, but an inducement.

We in education are not given that latitude. I of course am not condoning where the marketing of qualifications went wrong. Went wrong it did. This failure in regulation though can not be used to stop any innovation. Many fantastic providers remain very anxious about how to construct marketing and recruitment. Again it is pleasing better controls are in place. We need regulators to jump on poor behaviour, rather than bogging the entire industry down with risk averse administrative controls.

In terms of engagement, I would like to ensure you know about the ACPET Victorian VET Funding Review Lunch scheduled for Wednesday, 5 August, at The Hilton, South Wharf.

ACPET is pleased to have secured the lead reviewer of the Victorian VET Funding Review, Mr. Bruce MacKenzie PSM as guest speaker..

Mr. MacKenzie will share his insights and perceptions of the VET Sector in Victoria. The MacKenzie Review will influence the broader work the Victorian Government is undertaking to create a more sustainable training system through various reforms to the contestable training market, which will be finalised later this year.

This is an event not to be missed. Click here to register or for more information contact Melinda Kavanagh or 03 9412 5903.

My final topic is to promote the 2016 round of Endeavour Mobility Grants.

Applications for the 2016 round close on Friday, 10 July 2015, so just a reminder that they are closing shortly.

Approximately $8.3 million is available to support student grants under this round. It is anticipated that funding offers will be made in September/October and students will be supported to study overseas from 1 January 2016.

Information regarding Endeavour Mobility Grants is available at:

Please contact the Department at with any questions.

Rod Camm


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